Jenny Louise Marie Hi there.  How are you?  I am seriously struggling these days.  Son #2 leaves for Navy boot camp in about 9 days.  I cannot even put into words the struggle I am having, but more on that later.  (although, if anyone has any advice for me, please send it my way!)  Today I wanted to talk about Halloween costumes.  Some of you have maybe already run out and purchased a costume for you or your kiddos.  Some of you, like me, may still not even know what you’re doing.  And maybe some of you, again like  me, do not enjoy dressing upRead More →

Jenny Louise Marie Cultivate…that’s the title of a book I am working my way through.  The full title is actually, Cultivate ~ A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life.  It’s by Lara Casey.  I find myself pondering on the big ideas and doing a lot of reflecting.  So, it’s not a fast read.  It’s more  of a work book to help you create a flourishing life and let go of perfection.  I don’t know about you, but I could use a few lessons on this very thing. Don’t get me wrong.  I have a good life.   A wonderful, loving family.  We enjoy good health. Read More →

Jenny Louise Marie So, I was dog-sitting for a friend a week ago.  As I turned on to her street I noticed an adorable pumpkin in one of the yards.  It had the family’s name on it  Then, I noticed that ALL the houses on the street had one.  Right then I knew I had to make my own hand-lettered pumpkin for my front yard.  Can you even imagine how adorable it was to see the whole street with these pumpkins?  Trust me, you need one.  For that matter, so do your neighbors. This is such an easy project, and I can’t wait to share itRead More →

The Halloween Witch was my invention to get rid of all that candy.

Jenny Louise Marie Hi there friends.  I have a confession to make…I invented a holiday tradition out of thin air all in an effort to get rid of all that trick or treat candy.  And, I’m not even sorry.  That’s right.  I concocted the “Halloween Witch.”   For years she visited our home ~ even after my boys did not want to give up their candy.  Let me fill you in. Maybe it was my fear of actually eating all the Halloween candy if left in my home and then gaining weight.  Have I mentioned I’m totally neurotic about that?  Or perhaps it was myRead More →

Jenny Louise Marie Hi there!  If you follow me on Facebook, you know that I saw an adorable pumpkin a few weeks ago, and I said that I would make one for my house by October 1st.  Well, guess what?  I did it!  I have decoupaged an adorable pumpkin to add to my fall decor  It was so super easy and took only about an hour.  So today I am going to show you mine and tell you how you can make your own. First, you need to get a cheap pumpkin – it can be super ugly because you are going to cover it.Read More →

Here's my fall wish list using this season's top 5 trends.

Jenny Louise Marie So, it’s no secret that I love to collect new clothes.  I have a love affair with shoes.  And, I adore new handbags.  I feel the need to update and add a few new things whenever the seasons change.  Do you ever feel like that?  No male in my house understands this.  Anyway, I’ve been keeping my eye on some of the fall and winter trends and have come up with my fall wish list.  I am sharing my fall shopping list with you today.  And, since I want to make your life a little easier, I am including links to someRead More →

Jenny Louise Marie Hey there friends!  How is your week so far?  We’ve made it to hump day…that means it’s an easy downhill to the weekend.  My week has been full of meetings, running here and there, and putting in lots of miles on the bike. It’s a mystery to me how hard I can work out and still not have weight fall off!  Can anyone else relate?  It is so frustrating!  However, you’re not hear for that rant.  Today is Hodgepodge day.  The day where I link up with From This Side of the Pond and answer this week’s random questions.  However, my computerRead More →